Kate Murdoch

My tutor suggested I look at the work of Kate Murdoch, and I have certainly found it very interesting and find I resonate with it on many levels.

Kate Murdoch lives and works in London. Her work centres around a lifelong passion for collecting. She has exhibited as part of the Whitstable Biennale, Deptford X, Frieze Art Fair, and at galleries including Transition, Firstsite, WW and APT. Murdoch was awarded the Shape Open prize in 2016, and her award winning work, selected by Yinka Shonibare, is in the Shape Arts permanent collection.” ( from AboutKate Murdoch)

Here are some examples of Kate’s work.

Eye of the Beholder, (2017), Kate Murdoch
Do Not Touch (2013), Kate Murdoch
Jane Had a Better Idea (2019), Kate Murdoch
Kate Murdoch - Bad Head Day - Ceramic and plastic wire - 10x20x8
Bad Head Day (2014), Kate Murdoch

Bad Head Day was the winner of the 2015-2016 Shape Open.

“As a partially deaf person. I spend a lot of time trying to make sense of the world around me. Hearing aids amplify, but don’t necessarily clarify sounds or the human voice. What’s going on? What’s being said? The frustration involved in struggling to hear and join in conversations can sometimes just all feel too much. ‘Bad Head Day’ is representative of the confusion and muddle I can sometimes find myself in: something akin to a head exploding.” (Murdoch, Kate)

I find Kate’s work intriguing, thought provoking, insightful and exciting. It challenges the viewer to think, to create their own stories and hypotheses. Her pieces are open ended and quite controversial. I particularly like Bad Head Day. It reminds me very much of a piece I did earlier of a character called Iggle Piggle, which represented the limitations and experience of my son who has autism.

REFERENCES:

AboutKate Murdoch At: http://www.katemurdochartist.com/about.html (Accessed 31/05/21)

Eye of the Beholder, (2017), Kate Murdoch At: http://www.katemurdochartist.com/work.html (Accessed 31/05/21)

Do Not Touch (2013), Kate Murdoch At: http://www.katemurdochartist.com/work.html (Accessed 31/05/21)

Jane Had a Better Idea (2019), Kate Murdoch At: http://www.katemurdochartist.com/work.html (Accessed 31/05/21)

Bad Head Day (2014), Kate Murdoch At: https://www.shapearts.org.uk/news/collection-bad-head-day (Accessed 31/05/21).

Murdoch, Kate. Shape Collection: Kate Murdoch – Bad Head Day At: https://www.shapearts.org.uk/news/collection-bad-head-day (accessed 31/05/21)

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